The Forest Service and the Greatest Good

A Centennial History

Author: James Graham Lewis

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780890300664


Page: 286

View: 2008


Management, and teachers and students from middle school on up. Lewis is staff historian at the Forest History Society. Annotation 2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

The Forest Service

Fighting for Public Lands

Author: Gerald W. Williams

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780313337949

Category: Nature

Page: 459

View: 1646


Illuminates the Forest Service and its responsibilites of managing 193 millions acres of public land.

The American People and the National Forests

The First Century of the U.S. Forest Service

Author: Samuel P. Hays

Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Pre

ISBN: 0822973545

Category: History

Page: 272

View: 7078


The year 2005 marked the centennial of the founding of the United States Forest Service (USFS). Samuel P. Hays uses this occasion to present a cogent history of the role of American society in shaping the policies and actions of this agency. From its establishment in 1905 under the auspices of the Department of Agriculture, timber and grazing management dominated the agency's agenda. Due to high consumer demand for wood products and meat from livestock, the USFS built a formidable system of forest managers, training procedures, and tree science programs to specifically address these needs. This strong internal organization bolstered the agency during the tumultuous years in the final one-third of the century—when citizens and scientists were openly critical of USFS policies—yet it restricted the agency's vision and adaptability on environmental issues. A dearth of ecological capabilities tormented the USFS in 1960 when the Multiple-Use and Sustained-Yield Act set new statutes for the preservation of wildlife, recreation, watershed, and aesthetic resources. This was followed by the National Forest Management Act of 1976, which established standards for the oversight of forest ecosystems. The USFS was ill equipped to handle the myriad administrative and technological complexities that these mandates required. In The American People and the National Forests, Hays chronicles three distinct periods in USFS history, provides a summarizing “legacy” for each, and outlines the public and private interests, administrators, and laws that guided the agency's course and set its priorities. He demonstrates how these legacies affected successive eras, how they continue to influence USFS policy in the twenty-first century, and why USFS policies should matter to all of us.

Careers in Forest, Wildlife, Fisheries, and Range Resources

Author: Ron Boldenow

Publisher: Waveland Press

ISBN: 1478637927

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 148

View: 2466


Anyone interested in working in natural resources will benefit from this concise, practical introduction to the professions of forestry, fisheries, wildlife, and range management. Drawing on his nearly two decades of teaching, advising, and recruiting, the author helps readers transform their desire for an interesting and meaningful career into a purposeful and efficient path to obtaining the appropriate education, training, and experience. The logical organization and reader-friendly presentation orient readers to natural resources career possibilities, job descriptions and responsibilities, educational requirements, and potential employers. A chapter on the history of the conservation movement and the science of ecology adds context, while a capstone chapter offers real-world advice on topics such as interviewing, developing communication skills, acquiring field skills, and outdoor safety. Abundant photos enliven the discussions, while exercises provide opportunities for readers to explore, practice, and apply chapter content.

The U.S. Forest Service

A Centennial History

Author: Harold K. Steen

Publisher: University of Washington Press

ISBN: 0295803487

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 372

View: 1130


The U.S. History Service: The Retirement Association at the University of Washington

The Green Menace

Emerald Ash Borer and the Invasive Species Problem

Author: Jordan D. Marché II

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0190668938

Category: Science

Page: 320

View: 4334


This volume is an account of the scientific and social responses made to the discovery of an invasive forest insect -- the emerald ash borer or EAB (Agrilus planipennis Fairmaire, 1888) -- in North America, that was formally announced in July 2002. Since its recognition, this wood-boring beetle has become one of the most destructive and costly exotic species ever encountered. More than $300 million in federal USDA-APHIS funds (alone) have been devoted to battling this pest, which has killed some tens of millions of ash trees, chiefly within southeastern Michigan and surrounding states. EAB has now been found in 28 states and two Canadian provinces. But those numbers are almost certain to keep growing in coming years. While primarily a case study, this work nonetheless examines larger issues concerning invasive species as a whole, their inadvertent transport and worldwide spread through the rise of globalization, regulations that have been adopted to prevent their introduction, and the successes or failures of state and federal agencies to try and enforce those regulations. It offers the first general work of its kind to appear on the ash borer that is directed towards a broad audience including the public, entomologists and foresters, environmentalists and ecologists, researchers, regulators, and indeed anyone who wishes to learn more about this important and timely topic. No previous knowledge of EAB or invasion biology is assumed. This book covers all of the major aspects of scientific research and management that have occurred since EAB was recognized in 2002. It is thoroughly researched and draws from the best available data and sources, which represent (a) archival materials; (b) scholarly publications and conference proceedings; (c) interviews conducted with leading participants in the EAB program; (d) selected newspaper/magazine articles; and (e) reputable sources found on the Internet (e.g., USDA-APHIS).

Introduction to Forests and Renewable Resources

Eighth Edition

Author: John C. Hendee,Chad P. Dawson,Wenonah F. Sharpe

Publisher: Waveland Press

ISBN: 1478608951

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 480

View: 2340


For 75 years, few textbooks have served a topic as well as Introduction to Forests and Renewable Resources. Widely recognized for its comprehensive yet engaging coverage, this major revision provides an outstanding, up to date overview of management issues, conservation policies and practices related to forests and renewable resources, and an authoritative perspective on how these topics are evolving. New directions are covered, including: green certification of forest management and wood products; improved harvest practices in response to public concerns; carbon sequestration and ecological services as important forest yields; ecosystem restoration and resilience as management responds to concerns about global warming; and more. Well-illustrated with new examples, case studies and abundant photos, this eighth edition describes the importance and history of forests, evolution of policy, North American distribution of forests, and moves on to describe forest health strategies to combat insects, disease, damage from mammals, and fire. Ecological principles are explained as basis for forest management, with chapters on management of the associated resources of wildlife, watersheds and streams, range resources, outdoor recreation and wilderness. Market concerns and technology are embraced in chapters on economics, measurement and analysis, harvesting, and forest products. Concluding chapters describe management of forests and renewable resources by the federal government, by states, by private land owners, and in urban areas and communities. For forestry, natural resource, and environmental science students, involved citizens and resource users and professionals, this book is your reference and guide to forests and renewable resources.

Crabgrass Crucible

Suburban Nature and the Rise of Environmentalism in Twentieth-Century America

Author: Christopher C. Sellers

Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Press

ISBN: 0807869902

Category: History

Page: 384

View: 8916


Although suburb-building created major environmental problems, Christopher Sellers demonstrates that the environmental movement originated within suburbs--not just in response to unchecked urban sprawl. Drawn to the countryside as early as the late nineteenth century, new suburbanites turned to taming the wildness of their surroundings. They cultivated a fondness for the natural world around them, and in the decades that followed, they became sensitized to potential threats. Sellers shows how the philosophy, science, and emotions that catalyzed the environmental movement sprang directly from suburbanites' lives and their ideas about nature, as well as the unique ecology of the neighborhoods in which they dwelt. Sellers focuses on the spreading edges of New York and Los Angeles over the middle of the twentieth century to create an intimate portrait of what it was like to live amid suburban nature. As suburbanites learned about their land, became aware of pollution, and saw the forests shrinking around them, the vulnerability of both their bodies and their homes became apparent. Worries crossed lines of class and race and necessitated new ways of thinking and acting, Sellers argues, concluding that suburb-dwellers, through the knowledge and politics they forged, deserve much of the credit for inventing modern environmentalism.

Pisgah National Forest

A History

Author: Marci Spencer

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

ISBN: 1625851677

Category: Travel

Page: 224

View: 3625


When George Vanderbilt constructed the Biltmore House, he hired forester Gifford Pinchot and, later, Dr. Carl A. Schenck to manage his forests. Over 80,000 of his woodland acres became the home of America's first forestry school and the heart of the East's first national forest formed under the Weeks Act. Now comprising more than 500,000 acres, Pisgah National Forest holds a vast history and breathtaking natural scenery. The forest sits in the heart of the southern Appalachians and includes Linville Gorge, Catawba Falls, Wilson Creek Wild and Scenic River, Roan Mountain, Max Patch, Shining Rock Wilderness and Mount Pisgah. Author and naturalist Marci Spencer treks through the human, political and natural history that has formed Pisgah National Forest.